Lawrence O’Donnell on false arrest – with a note from Simone Weil

Lawrence O’Donnell Jr. MSNBC Time Magazine

Gates: You’re not the boss of me!
Crowley: I am the boss of you.
Gates: You are not the boss of me!
Crowley: I’ll show you. You’re under arrest.

“There is no crime described in Crowley’s official version of the way Gates behaved. Crowley says explicitly that he arrested Gates for yelling. Nothing else, not a single threatening movement, just yelling. On the steps of his own home. Yelling is not a crime. Yelling does not meet the definition of disorderly conduct in Massachusetts. Not a single shouted word or action that Crowley has attributed to Gates amounts to disorderly conduct. That is why the charges had to be dropped.

But tonight, I‘ll explain why the president was right to call the arrest stupid and all you need for proof of that is Sergeant Crowley‘s police report—which just happens to be a written confession of false arrest.

Full disclosure: I was arrested for disorderly conduct by Boston police a long time ago. As in the Gates case, the charges had to be dropped immediately because I had done nothing to provoke the arrest. I then sued the police in federal court for false arrest and civil rights violations. I won, including attorneys fees.”

Lawrence O’Donnell Jr. MSNBC Time Magazine

Maybe I should add the following from
Simone Weil –
“The human soul never ceases to be transformed by its encounter with force
— is swept on, blinded by that which it believes itself able to handle, bowed beneath the power of that which it suffers.
Force makes a thing of its victims. There where someone stood a moment ago, stands no one.”

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